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Richest races at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is amongst the richest horse racing meetings on the calendar, and here we take a look at the races that offer the most prize money at this prestigious event.

Royal Ascot is one of horse racing’s most prestigious events, and every year it attracts a plethora of racegoers, trainers, horses, and their jockeys to Ascot Racecourse to compete in some of the sport’s most reputable and prestigious races.

Action will of course return to Ascot next month for five days of enthralling racing. Royal Ascot 2024 will get underway with the 14:30 Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday 18th June before coming to a close on the fifth and final day with the 18:15 Queen Alexandra Stakes on Saturday 22nd June 2024.

Of course, this iconic festival of racing is not just famous for the superb venue, incredible atmosphere and exciting action. It is also one of the richest horse racing events on the calendar with prize money ranging from hundreds of thousands of pounds to an extraordinary one million for the winner.

The Ascot Gold Cup, won most recently in 2023 by Frankie Dettori’s Courage Mon Ami, is arguably the headline race of Royal Ascot every year and is amongst the richest races on the schedule.

Here, we are going to take a look at some of the richest races. The prize money on offer in the following races is very high, which highlights the prestige of not only the races but the event itself.

3) King Charles III Stakes, St James’s Palace Stakes, The Gold Cup, Commonwealth Cup & The Coronation Stakes (£650,000)

We start with five races, which are all worth £650,000 each in prize money for the winner: the King Charles III Stakes, the St. James’s Palace Stakes, the Ascot Gold Cup, the Commonwealth Cup, and finally the Coronation Stakes.

Starting with the King Charles III Stakes is five furlongs in length, and it takes place on the opening day of Royal Ascot on 18th June. The most recent running of this race, King Charles III’s first since he ascended to the throne, was won by Bradsell who was ridden by Jockey Hollie Doyle that day.

Taking place over an old mile, the St. James’s Palace Stakes will actually follow the King Charles III Stakes on day one. The winner of this race back in 2023 was Ryan Moore’s Paddington, who managed to fend off stern competition from pre-race favourite Chaldean and Charyn, who had to settle for second and third place finishes respectively.

Moving on to the most prestigious race of them all at Royal Ascot, the Ascot Gold Cup will of course be taking place once more on the third day of this year’s renewal (Thursday 20th June 2024). 2023 saw the most recent running of this race take place, and it was won by Courage Mon Ami who was ridden by Frankie Dettori.

The 2024 Commonwealth Cup will be taking place at Ascot Racecourse on Friday 21st June, the fourth day of racing. The race is set to take place over a total distance of six furlongs, and the winner last year was Shaquille ridden by Oisin Murphy.

Finally, the Coronation Stakes will get underway at 15:45 on day four, and it takes place over a round (old mile). In 2023, the winner was Tahiyra, ridden by Chris Hayes.

2) The Queen Anne Stakes (£750,000)

The 2024 Queen Anne takes place over a straight mile, and it offers the second most prize money of any race at this year’s renewal of Royal Ascot – £750,000. This year’s edition of this race will be the first race on the opening day of this racing festival – it gets underway at 14:30 on the afternoon of Tuesday 18th June 2024.

The most recent winner of this race back in 2023 was won by Jockey Neil Callan onboard Triple Time, with Frankie Dettori’s Inspiral and Jamie Spencer’s Light Infantry Man filling the other two spots in the top three in second and third place respectively.

1) Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes & Prince of Wales’s Stakes  (£1 million)

Two races boast the joint most prize money of any other race at 2024 Royal Ascot. Both the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes this year will be worth no less than 1 million pounds for the winner of both races.

Starting with the former, this race will be taking place over the course of six furlongs at 15:45 on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd June 2024, the fifth and final day of this year’s Royal Ascot. Last year, it was won by Khaadem, ridden by Jockey Jamie Spencer. Sacred (Tom Marquand) and Highfield Princess (Jason Hart) had to settle for second and third place finishes, respectively.

Moving on to the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, this is a race that will be taking place on the second day of 2024’s Royal Ascot. Taking place over the course of one mile and six furlongs, it will get underway at 16:25 on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th June 2024. In 2023, it was won by Jim Crowley who rode Mostahdaf to victory ahead of pre-race favourite Luxembourg (2nd) and William Buick’s Adayar (3rd).

With the 2024 renewal of the iconic and illustrious Royal Ascot underway in a matter of weeks at Ascot Racecourse, excitement, and anticipation are certainly on the rise amongst horse racing fans.

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